Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
~ Dalai Lama
This past Friday night I was leaving work tired and frustrated (again) and I walked past someone who looked as tired and frustrated as I was. I realized after he passed that I didn't even offer a smile. Wow, I just made his day, well, if not any better, maybe even a little worse. That was when I realized I was letting my frustrations at work leak into my kindness outside of work. Basically, I was a grump and a grouch.
Well, that just wouldn't do. So, I sought some inspiration from my favorite philosopher, Winnie the Pooh:
"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Well, who can possibly argue with Pooh Bear? It doesn't look like things at work are going to get better any time soon, but, well, I'm just going to have to keep a spare smile or two in my hip pocket compliments of Pooh bear.
Oh my . . . so many fun things to tell you about this card.
I love using the 6" x 6" paper pads Catherine sells at Paper Garden Projects because it makes it so easy to mix and match patterns and colors. This Kaiser Craft La Chateau paper is so much more luscious than my poor photography skills show. The dots on the blue background paper are flocked. The base of the bottom panel and my pull-out tab are die cuts that are included in the paper pack. I didn't use even 1/4 of the pack, so I still have a lot of ideas for it.
If you like this stamp set (Penny Black's Kindness), it's currently on sale. Paper Garden Projects is having a Tinsel and Tools sale. All Christmas stamps, tools, and Copic markers are 20% off.
As you know, I usually get a lot of inspiration from challenges, and no exception here.
My sketch is from Friday Sketchers, Sketch 126.
Since this is a Penny Black stamp, I peeked at this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge, Week 125. There's lots of wonderful inspiration for Penny Black fans like me, and this week they're asking us to use zigzags or triangles. So, I pulled out my sewing machine and sewed the zigzag stitch around all the panels, even, if you look real close, the focal point panel.
Our Creative Corner's challenge this week was to draw inspiration from this Pottery Barn bedroom. Oh, I love Pottery Barn, so I took a stab at it. I really wanted my card to draw from it's soft colors.
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #83, Hide and Seek, asked us to create a card with a hidden sentiment. So, if you pull on the pull-tab ribbon to the right, the sentiment comes out: "Kindness feeds the heart."
Here's the rest of the recipe along with the Copic markers I used.
- Fibers: May Arts ribbon, Stampin' Up! clear tinsel trim
- Ink – Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers (20% off, see below).
- Paper – Neenah, Prism Cardstock, Kaiser Craft La Chateau.
- Stamp: Penny Black Kindness Cling Set
- Tools: Nestabilities (20% off)
- Embellishments: A button from Mom's button jar, Stampin' Up! metallic eyelets
- Misc.: Flower Soft Polar White and Citrus Crush
You know you kind readers always make me smile. So, I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from wonderful Winnie the Pooh:
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh," he whispered.
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."